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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185326363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853263637
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Satish Nimkar on 10 Mar 2010
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This is a concise version of the original which is a very sad thing. Nowhere in the ordering information the word "concise" was mentioned. In that sense it was a let down.

Nevertheless,the book is a great treasure trove of the Anglo-Indian terms. A must for any student of modern Indian philology or to anyone interested in the Raj lore. The book was first published in 1886,meant as a help to any Englishman going to India to serve the Queen and the Empire: for the civil servants,soldiers,memsahibs,missionaries, fortune hunters etc. Apart from being a concise version,it has another drawback. There is no information whatsoever about the compilers of this wonderful miscellany.

Sir Henry Yule (1820-1889) was a Scottish Orientalist. A member of the Bengal Engineers, having served in both the Sikh Wars, he was a member of the Council of India, and advisor to the Oxford English Dictionary in Oriental matters.

A.C.Burnell(1840-1882)a English scholar in Sanskrit. He was a member of the Indian Civil Service in South India,having also the excellent knowledge of South Indian and other exotic languages
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry J. Tabor on 9 Aug 2011
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This is a book that was recommended to me by an old Indophile, as a provider of insights into words and ideas whose meanings and origins are now lost to most of us now. 'Anglo-Indian Dictionary' may be an accurate definition, but it only tells a bit of what this book is into. At this price, if you have any interest at all in India and her history, but were not born there, you will find this reprint of a very old book endlessly fascinating and useful to help you understand countless historical and other books and records about the place, and when you discuss anything Indian with a native Indian interested in his or her own birthright. Take 'pukkah' and 'kachcha' as an example...... or 'Hobson-Jobson' itself.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2001
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The Hobson-Jobson Dictionary is a wonderful way to take a glimpse into the world of the 19th century empire. A delightful book to browse through on a rainy Sunday afternoon while smoking a pipe and bringing back to living memory a long-forgotten world.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mark1000 on 28 Sep 2011
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I have looked for this book for years having decided to buy it from a little corner bookshop about 20 years ago then returned the next week to find the old bookshop had gone bankrupt and was empty of stock !!!
it is times like this you can depend on amazon
extensive researched text if now slightly dated in content
an historical document of a bygone age and really enjoyable
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One of those books that's really interesting but you don't read it from cover to cover. You find it every so often and lean something new by flipping threw it.
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Enjoyable and informative read, you lose a little in concise version from full but a quick and easy reference for most
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By S Das on 2 Mar 2013
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Useful and helpful book for those who want to see the origins of words in the English languauge. Highly recommended
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A diverting dip into languages and how these cross borders with so much ease. Not a book to read from cover to cover - more something to dip into from time to time. It makes for a perfect book for the bathroom :o)
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